Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Enabling The Business

As a customer service organization, the OCIO is not in the business of simply providing technology (for its own sake). We are in the business of making sure technology serves as a platform for achieving the goals stated in the Secretary’s Strategic Plan.

Here are some of the ways we’re helping USDA organizations use technology to fulfill their missions:

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eFax combines the benefits of e-mail with a secure method to communicate with customers or colleagues by fax. It also supports the USDA Green IT Initiative by reducing our consumption of paper and power for fax machines.

The Optimized Computing Environment supports modernization and technological advancement across the USDA enterprise. When fully developed, it will define a set of IT standards for aligning USDA’s infrastructure to its mission. 

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USDA Connect is a social networking application that empowers USDA to be innovative and execute quickly by utilizing a network of coworkers, experts, and customers. Features like communities, blogs, and activities can be set up for collecting knowledge, exchanging ideas, and organizing efforts.

The Agriculture Learning (AgLearn) system is USDA's department-wide system for managing training records and activity at USDA. USDA employees and partners use AgLearn to search, enroll in, and record all training opportunities online, any time, any place. AgLearn is the official system of records for all training and career development for USDA's employees.

vGov is a partnership of several federal government agencies (both civilian and military) exploring the development and application of virtual worlds technology in a secure environment to serve the Federal Government’s business needs.